The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board has hiked up the examination fees for the high schools and intermediate classes by six-fold in this academic year, 2020. The fees for high school exams is announced as almost increased from Rs80 to Rs500, while that for the intermediate exams has gone up from Rs90 to Rs600.
Meanwhile, official reports released also state that private candidates appearing for the high schools will now have to shell out Rs700 instead of Rs200, while those applying for the intermediate exams will have to pay Rs800 instead of the Rs220.
The last date for the students to deposit their school principal is scheduled as 15 August. At the same time, in April 2020, the fee for re-evaluation had also increased by 5 times.
According to a UP Board official, this hike in the examination fee was implemented mainly to bring it to par with the exam fees by the CBSE-central board of secondary education or the CISCE- council for indian school certificate examinations.
Nevertheless, we still don’t charge as much as the CBSE or CISCE, claims Neena Srivastava, the UP Board secretary. Reason for this being that majority of the students hail from a rural background.
In CBSE, the Class 10 and Class 12 Students have to pay Rs750 examination fee for 5 subjects along with an additional Rs100, if they opt for any additional subject. Alternatively, the examination fee for ICSE or ISC students are Rs1,500.
Meanwhile, Umesh Dwiwedi, the State President of Madhyaik Vittavihin Shikshak Mahasabha (the Secondary Self-Finance Teachers Association) states that at this time when the government is talking of providing free food and uniforms to the students, this raise in exam fee is actually quite steep.
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